NONGOMA – Queen Sibongile Dlamini’s urgent court documents before the Supreme Court of Pietermaritzburg as she fights for the Zulu throne and seeks to inherit 50% of the property of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, contain some surprising claims and demands.
The newspapers dragged the KwaZulu-Natal premier, Sihle Zikalala, among many interviewees. This while the Zikalala provincial government said it had asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to grant Queen Regent Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu (not a relative of Dlamini) a state funeral.
The declaration is 35 pages long.
She claims that she was abducted (ukuthwala) to marry the king. At age 20, she claimed that she was forced to marry the late king and had to follow an established custom.
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“In September 1969, I was taken from the school by the late Isilo (king) and his brother-in-law, a certain prince Klaas Mahlangu, to the KwaKhethomthandayo palace, located in Nongoma. They did this because, at the time, as a Zulu nation, we recognized the custom of ukuthwala, in which a woman was picked up at her home or elsewhere for the purpose of entering into a regular wedding.
“In my case, I was taken to the home of the late Isilo through the custom of ukuthwala to marry the late Isilo so that, in turn, he could take the throne as the monarch of the Zulu nation.”
She wants 50% of the property. She argues that everything belongs to her and the late king.
“As things stand, the entire property is jointly owned and equally owned by me and the late Isilo. This means that I own 50% of the entire property … therefore, any attempt to dispose of the entire property as if it were the exclusive property of the late Isilo is legally incompetent and inadmissible.
“I was told that half of the entire property must be determined and reserved as a part that can be distributed under the terms of the will.”
The Royal House wanted Prince Mbonisi to act after the king’s death.
MaDlamini believes that Prince Mbonisi, brother of the king who was accused of holding “parallel meetings” with other royalty like Princess Thembi, should have acted on the throne, as was the wish of the royal family.
“I have no precise knowledge of when and how the decision to identify, nominate or recommend the Second Defendant (Dlamini-Zulu) as conductor (has been reached). If that really happened, it didn’t happen at the March 24, 2021 meeting.
“Members of the Royal Family proposed that Prince Mbonisi Zulu’s name should be Ibambabukhosi and the Second Defendant opposed this appointment. As I understand it, no decision was made at the meeting by the family. “
MaDlamini, who comes from Nongoma, says that Premier KZN’s office, which is required to keep records of the king’s assets and blood relatives, should publish this list to let them know that she has an interest in the king’s property.
“I do not know all the names and identities of all members of the royal family included in the last list that was or may have been presented by the late Isilo to the Prime Minister.
“Only the Prime Minister would have this information. Certain members of the royal family may be affected by the relief I am looking for in this application and I may not have sent this application to them. In order to mitigate any possible omission, I ask this court to instruct the Prime Minister to provide my lawyer with the latest list signed and submitted by the late Isilo.
“As an additional measure to safeguard the interest of any other person or persons who are strangers to me, I ask the court’s permission to publish the order in the Ilanga, Isolezwe and Mercury newspapers. This is to ensure that they can anticipate this court order. “
MaDlamini insists that the customary union between the king and Dlamini-Zulu should only be recognized to the extent of the Law on the Recognition of Customary Marriages. As such, she is not eligible to ascend and ascend the throne.
“That’s because she was not born into the Zulu royal family. It also does not meet the definition requirements to be a successor to the throne.
“Your customary union does not give you the right to ascend to the throne. Thus, she is not eligible to ascend to the throne as Ibambabukhosi or successor ”, he argued.